Muslim Workers Lunch Break Talks Break Down

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

Greeley, Colo. (AP) Talks at a Greeley meatpacking plant over religious accommodations for Muslim workers have broken down, with some workers saying they will not return to work and may take legal action.

A union official said about 200 workers have been suspended after walking out of JBS Swift & Co. On Friday, saying they were not allowed to take a lunch break at sunset to end their fast during the Muslim observance of Ramadan. Up to 300 workers walked
out of the plant.

United Food and Commercial Workers Local 7 and Swift met Tuesday to work out differences, which included time for prayer. After talks broke down some Muslim workers said, “no prayer, no work.”

Union leader Fernando Rodriquez told the Greeley tribune the workers were suspended. Company spokeswoman Tamara Smid did not return messages left by the Associated Press.


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  • by Eric Location: GJ on Sep 11, 2008 at 07:20 AM
    Jim: They couldn't possibly be AMERICAN muslims, could they?
  • by jim Location: grand junction on Sep 10, 2008 at 12:58 PM
    why are we bending for muslims! quit giving in to them and send them back where they came from!
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